A language GCSE is a qualification highly prized by colleges, universities and employers. As well as being great fun, language learning is a skill for life – one which is increasingly sought after in today’s global economy. Knowledge of another language gives you a deeper understanding of the different cultures and communities where the language is spoken.
German is the most spoken language in Europe and is the official language of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Year after year, business surveys put German at the top of the employers' wish-lists. Germany is the UK's largest non-English speaking trading partner. The ability to speak both German and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using German as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (automotive, business, scientific research, publishing, hospitality and tourism). Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the third strongest economy in the world. A GCSE qualification in German could provide you with opportunities to work in the UK as well as to travel and work abroad.
What you'll study
The German GCSE course covers three themes:
Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free time activities; customs and festivals in German-speaking countries.
Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
Home town, neighbourhood and region; Social issues; Global issues; Travel and
Current and future study and employment.
My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions.
The four areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing are covered equally across the course and the examination.